Saturday, April 20, 2024

Ukrainian kamikaze drone strikes gigantic Russian mortar

Ukrainian troops reportedly blew up a gigantic 240-millimeter mortar with First-Person View (FPV) kamikaze drone.

The Ukraine Weapons Tracker open-source investigations group reported that a Russian 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled mortar was destroyed by an FPV loitering munition strike of the Ukrainian 92nd Assault Brigade in the area of Bakhmut, Donetsk region.

The 2S4 Tyulpan (Tulip) is a Cold War-era 240mm self-propelled mortar designed to destroy cities. It is the largest weapon of this general type in service anywhere in the world.

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The Russian mortar, known popularly as “Super Gun,” can fire high-explosive, incendiary, guided, cluster, neutron and nuclear warheads, some of which are capable of hitting targets at a distance of about 20 km.

The primary ammunition for the weapon is the high-explosive 53-F-864 mortar projectile which has a total weight of 130 kg. The GMWZ-7 fuze could be set to have either a delayed action or detonate on contact.

The weapon uses a five-part propelling charge system, which varies the muzzle velocity from 158 to 362 m/s and ensure a range of up to 9,650 m. Originally the Tyulpan was also capable of firing ZBV4 shells with nuclear warheads.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more

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